to read, stitch, play outside, paint and cuddle! And that's exactly what we did. I have two fun projects in the works (a custom Etsy order) of two journals a Garden Journal (similar to the one I did for Wurzerl in Germany) and a bird themed journal.
For the garden journal, I painted some white denim with Neocolor flowers and a turqoise background, which I then free motion stitched and did some threadpainting. The journal itself is a 9x7 composition book which I simply layered various pages with Neocolor and washed with water. Once that dries (which should be tonight) I am going to go back in and collage with words and pictures - leaving plenty of room for writing.
For the bird themed journal - I did something a bit different. I hand dyed a piece of gorgeous Kona premium muslin with a fresh green Jacquard dye, but instead of immersing it, or painting it on - I sponged the dye on, creating overlap and color variation.
I cut out a tree with branches out of a brown mottled hand dyed and fused it right in the center to that the trunk of the tree is over the spine of the journal and the branches branch out to the front and back of the book.
I did some research and printed two birdies out onto some printer fabric which I highlighted with ink and threadpainted over top of. A third bird I printed out in greyscale, colored with Tsukineko Ink and then threadpainted on top of that. The birds are oversized and will be appliqued down once I threadpaint the tree to give the illusion of textured bark. The inside of this journal is getting some color, words and pictures, as well. A bit more work and these guys will be on their way - Monday.
Next up: All of the Girlfriend's Traveling Sketchbook pages have found their way home to me. What a great experience this has been - 10 artists - 10 journal pages all depicting my theme of "words of wisdom" in their own special way. I will be taking pictures of the pages and will be sharing that next week. I now must decide how I'm going to bind them together and come up with a cover design. Looks like it's going to be a cold, rainy weekend.